There are lots of places to stay in Baguio, from hotels in Baguio to B&Bs in Baguio. However keep in mind that in the Philippines the most popular way to describe a vacation house is with the term transient house. For example if you were googling "Baguio transient house", you would come across a lot of vacation homes. The term 'transient' doesn't have the same negative connotations in the Philippines as in the Western world. In fact it means something totally different. We'd see it as a description of a house to shelter homeless people. But in the Philippines it means the very literal 'temporary house' for those visiting on holiday. It's a small quirk of the English as a second language nature of the country - but it's an important one.
Our favour place to stay in Baguio is easily Tiptop Vacation Homes. Their units are all self catered and are built to a very high standard. There is nothing quite like them in terms of quality of accommodation and beauty in location because Tiptop is nestled in the mountains very near the town centre but still overlooking it all down through a valley as if you weren't amongst everything at the same time. Plus it is surrounded by tranquil forests and beautiful trees.
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Horseback riding is another popular activity in Baguio. The locals who look after the horses dress a lot like cowboys, which is strange - until you remember the American cultural connection. Wright Park is where this occurs, and it's well known in the city so anyone can point you to the direction of the horses. It's very child friendly, and there are ponies too. You tend to trot around on them in a big pen with the other horses so there isn't much chance of wandering off by accident. However there are options to go trail riding in Baguio for a fee - the "Pony Boys" as they are known, will ensure you're looked after.
The landscape in Baguio really is ethereal and beautiful, so be sure to bring a camera to ensure you get some amazing photos when you are out walking around and checking out the scenery.
Aside from Singapore, the Philippines is probably the Asian country with the most familiar culture to western visitors. This is probably due to its colonial rule by Spain, and then the USA during the 1900s. Culturally, in naming convention and in political infrastructure the Philippines is a strange hybrid of both Spanish and American cultural quirks mixed in with their own native behaviors. Next to the capital Manila, Baguio City is the main center of education, business and tourism in Luzon – which is the largest island in the Philippines. It also has a notoriously excellent hospital and university so people often travel from all over the Philippines for medical treatment. Although Baguio began as a small settlement of Ibalois and Kankanaey people, two of the native tribes of the region, historic context, world war two and the natural climate in Baguio up in the mountains has necessitated sophisticated planning so that the city has risen to become the second capital (or the summer capital).
Looking for adventure? Baguio City offers many adventure activities. They call it the summer capital of the Philippines because when the heat gets too much in Manila the politicians up and move for the summer to Baguio where the climate is nicer amongst the mountains and pine trees – it’s quite unique to the rest of the Philippines for its climate. It is regarded as one of the leading tourist destinations in the Philippines for both international travelers and domestic travelers for this reason. This influx of tourists has meant that adventure companies have flocked to Baguio catering to those who want to spend their vacation in this city of pines.
There are also a lot of nature walks - this huge mountainous and forested area is known as the city of pines for a reason. There are lots of wooded areas to walk around for free. You could check out the Botanical garden, Burnham park or the lush grounds of Camp John Hay.
During World War Two the Japanese were a prominent part of Baguio, many of the old structures in Baguio are relics from this time and some are said to be haunted - as such they are often visited by ghost hunters looking for thrills. These include theWhite House along Leonard Wood Road and the Diplomat Hotel, which is beautiful, but a little creepy, and is now abandoned. At night, these places are quiet and locals say they are the playground of ghosts.